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Hi all

Finally got the whole board temporally together after much where  is the picture from Stretch  here it is the next picture.

There is a 1 M steel rule sitting on the solid part of the board so you can get some idea of its total size.

YAY!! found and now have some TM-TR2 motors so now have to choose which two locomotives to motorize.

Does any one have suggestions for the best way to store the for spare motors so they work when In the future I need them, as I assume at some point in the future they will be needed.

all together.jpg

Now I have to take it apart to paint the legs on the other boards and add anything that got forgotten in the original construction

regards John

 

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Hi all

Did not feel enthusiastic today so did a real easy job fitting a motor to a second Japanese locomotive

Had to drill holes for steps which ended up super glued on as my smallest drill was to big but it looks OK

loco2a.jpg

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It's to late now but I should have painted the step edge white like I did the last one, now the tough decision do I motorize the other blue one or another one of these

regards John

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Hi All

Having a bit of a break from a major domestic clean up which is why not much is happening layout wise.

I have prepared a wagon for a tarpaulin simply two pieces of 1mm plasticard and a bit of rod from the bits box

The tarp is painted freezer bag that will be cut and fitted tomorrow when I am sure the glue is dry...

This is one of the wagons I broke and had to repair so the tarp support is strengthening the wagon and tarp hiding the sides,

so it becomes wagon no Erhm?? instead of wagon no2 for the umpteenth time.

Tarp wagon.jpg

regards John

 

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5 hours ago, buz said:

Hi all

Not the greatest pic but here is the tarped wagon it did not quite go the way intendedtarped wagon.jpg

regards John

John, it looks ok mate, since when does a tarp on a wagon look neat and tidy, err never, you've done a great job there.

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Hi Stretch

Thanks

regards John

Hi Franco

Not the best photo it was taken with Nicki's mobile phone.

And the light was not the best, but on to the next one to be tarped.

regards John

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Hi all

Not much has happened on the layout have been a bit distracted by a major domestic clear out it's amazing the amount of carp you collect over the years.

It has also been cold not really shed weather so another distraction is this,

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an approx 40cm X 50cm mini layout its just an 009 Jouef train set oval with two sidings but its warm in the house:D

regards John

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Hi all

Well since I mentioned the Winter distraction.

Here are a couple of pictures.

layout front.jpg

layout left.jpg

Like I said it isn't much but then you can't fit a lot on a 40cm X 50cm board it does work but needs a couple of IRJ's put in the two sidings to isolate them as they are not self isolating points.

Hopefully get the pole finished and planted in the next day or so.

scenery is just happening as it takes my fancy with no real idea's I have never built something this small.

A house flat will eventually end up being put on the corner next to the veggie patch which will have the switches and diagram mounted on the back of it

regards John

 

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Hi all

Two narrow gauge rail cars arrived for the real layout last week these have been motorized and tested

IMG_8153 railcars.jpg

Exit yellow tree on winter distraction the front basket on the brown rail car got it.

OOP's clearances to tight.

The winter distraction has proved useful for testing stuff and trying different things out.

If a train gets round it it will get round any sensible curve not sure what radius the Jouef 009 / HOe curves are but they are very tight a lot less than the more usual absolute minimum 9" radius used in those scale gauge combinations.

It is now well and truly wired so much wire such a tiny layout running wire should be finished tonight or tomorrow

IMG_8152 wiring.jpg

regards John

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Hi all

Well it will soon be warm enough to return to the shed and get on with the main layout.

This is where I am at with the winter distraction.

IMG_8542 (2) test.jpg

The shop is not yet completed and the white Japan Railways van is a bit to modern for my liking but is the only 1/80 vehicle I have been able to find the one I wanted grumble grumble is sold out.

The plan is to have a Tori arch left rear and a bit of a hill to the right of the shop to break up the roundy roundy effect.

The shop may have to move back a little more there is still a little further it can go if needs be.

It is still a make up as it goes along project.

regards John

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Hi all

Well still nothing done on the main layout however the winter distraction has moved on a bit.

I now have a terrifying deadline a friend has asked would I take it to a Japanese culture event in Perth early next year

IMG_8677 (2) bump.jpg

The hill is now attached to the layout the rock face is all round the back and basically done it just needs the base blended in with ballast etc

After all the measuring and checking I hope the problem rail-car will get round the back of the hill without catching now the hill is attached,

If not that's fatal to the layout because it can't be fixed without destroying the layout

The front is now blended in it does have some lumps and bumps but they don't show well in the picture at least the slope looks right.

Tomorrows challenge will be to leave it alone after the colored anti white chip layer goes on.

Because it will be a mix of primary school paint PVA and plaster and only a little water the drying time of the plaster will increase dramatically, but once dry a hard crack resistant surface will result.

The hill should break up the roundy-roundy effect Err I hope.

The small 5t container hiding behind the still unfinished building is for the shop cool room

regards John

 

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Hi all

Forgot to add this pic last night

IMG_8673 (2) rock2.jpg

this is the rock face that is mostly hidden from view not a single rock casting used

regards John

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Hi all

It's not easy being green:D

 

IMG_8679 (2)green1.jpgIMG_8680 (2)green2.jpg

For my next trick leave it alone for how ever long it takes to dry, a lot longer than usual because of the concoction used for the final coat

regards John

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Hi all

Well the hill is dry and the cut is starting to be blended in.

A train will get passed the rocks and bushes and the nasty bright green stand out like a sore thumb, suppressor is now not so obvious:D

IMG_8696 (2)cutting.jpg

The rock face still needs a minor touch up and I found a couple of stones outside that sort of match the rock face to dump at the base of the cutting.

Hopefully I can find a couple more.

When I get this completed I can get back to the real layout.

regards John

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On 11/19/2018 at 10:14 PM, Franco said:

Well, I'm pretty sure that, even if very small, when finished it will offer many different points of interest for close-up photographers :thumbsup:

Hi Franco

Well its got two already it's Japanese outline and it's narrow gauge :D

The rest is work it out as I go :D

regards

John

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Hi all

The station area is taking shape TGW fencing has been added and a bit more platform surface

Hopefully the currently highly visible join will be less obvious when the paint has properly dried.

It had to be extended to suit the rail-car being used on the layout, I have no idea if the white post is correct but it makes logical sense as a marker for the rail car driver.

IMG_8742 (2)station shape.jpg

The white spot has since gone a plaster speck not noticed before the picture was taken.

I still find it amazing that a small amount of work on a layout this small has such a big impact.

regards John

 

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1 hour ago, Tim Hale said:

John,

Why Nippon railways? Is it merely a space issue or does the quality of the models play a big part, maybe both?

Tim

Hi Tim

Why Japan

I know the quality of the donor motor chassis brand from my "N" gauge days (a long long time ago)

Cost the passenger train, goods train  and rail car sets with addition of motor chassis and trailer wheel and weight set work out at about fifty pounds per individual train pack to working model.

Where easy and affordable to order from Japan so not a large expense if it turned into an oops fail.

Easy to modify display kit into working model they are designed for that and make it round the Jouef Decauville curves which are about 6" radius and the track is no longer manufactured.

I have never done a micro or narrow gauge before good winter project OOP'S its now summer:D and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

By comparison the EX WD  WHR Baldwin was near enough to one hundred and twenty four pounds is no good for the micro but will work on the larger layout when I get back to it but its just a loco at that price not a whole train.

The real narrow gauge layout that is started is just a bit bigger and only base frame at the moment I got kind of distracted then volunteered for a Japanese cultural event because it is Japanese out line.

So have to get on with it faster than I like doing things.

The micro is just left overs from other projects and a few bits that where specifically bought for it oh! and a mistake purchase that was the station fence grabbed the wrong one but at least it is of use nowlol

regards John

 

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Hi all

I have only been able to do a few minutes here and there at the moment

So I am trying to do work that makes a bit of an impact.

stops.jpg

The vegetation is starting to thicken up.

IMG_8784 (2) full station.jpg

full front on view of the station

The station area still needs some detail work like a working lamp pole single passenger a bit more greenery along the fence

and maybe a cat.

regards John

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Hi all

Well the basic scenery is now at the half way point I hope it sticks properly.

The PVA glue that went on before the scatter was dry, before it was all on and the 50-50 PVA and water went on.

It has been a hot day 31c and is still a bit warm.

Hopefully will be OK with out to many holes in it.

IMG_8880 (2) Half way.jpg

regards John

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Hi all

Well after a bit of searching have found the Tori Arch.

IMG_8903 tori arch (2).jpg

If it fits it will be going on the back LH corner of the layout I say If because it is really meant for War Games rather than model railways.

Fortunately there doesn't seem to be std sizes for them.

Once assembled it will be painted red with a black base on the posts and the model base stone of some sort.

regards John

 

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Hi all

The Tori arch turned into OOP'S FAIL far to big.

When using war games items that is a risk because of the funny way they do scales.

But never mind a smaller one that should be more suitable has been found and ordered.

The thing is If it was a very much larger layout the original purchase may well have been usable as I have been able to find no standardization on how big they are, it is the over all proportions that are the critical thing on the finished gate not its over all size that is of importance

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kettle is calling so I am off for coffee.

regards John

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Hi all

Not a very good picture but it does show the size of the oopsie with the Tori arch

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the red one on the right is the new 20mm war games arch with a little trimming on the base it can be shoehorned in it needs a light sand and second coat of paint and the base painted.

regards John

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